Politics

COMMENT: Kris Stanbra – A truly courageous woman

COMMENT: Kris Stanbra – A truly courageous woman

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending some time with Kris Stanbra.  She had just been awarded the prestigious Courage to Come Back Award.  I was truly impressed by her story and thought I would share it with my constituents in the B.C. Southern Interior

Raising a Little Hell and Raising a Lot of Cash – Community Venture Capital is Something to Sing About

Raising a Little Hell and Raising a Lot of Cash – Community Venture Capital is Something to Sing About

How do residents revive a declining rural town into a thriving, economically sustainable community that is invested in its future? Christina Lake may have found the solution and wants to get everyone on board with the vision.

Christina Gateway Community Development Association coordinator Sandy Mark believes Christina Lake needs to apply the lessons being learned across Canada by other rural communities. “Very poor, small communities have raised millions of dollars...so we figure we should be able to." 

Successful petition may prevent bridge project from moving forward

Successful petition may prevent bridge project from moving forward

The City of Trail will have a new sewer pipeline crossing the Columbia River, but it will be up to the citizens of Trail whether or not there will be a pedestrian/bicycle bridge as well.

Councillor Robert Cacchioni is chair of the Sewerage Committee and represents Trail on the board of the Regional District.

COMMENT: Parliament defeats food safety bill

COMMENT: Parliament defeats food safety bill

I am very dismayed that my Bill C-571 did not get quite enough support in Parliament to pass on to Committee stage where it would have received thorough scrutiny and proper debate. I had hoped to follow an example set by the EU to have the same food safety standards, transparency and accountability applied to the horsemeat industry as is required of all animals that are raised to produce food for the human food chain.

Largely status quo for local recycling as new system comes into place

  City of Nelson Operations Manager Jim Dinwoodie holds a sampling of the plastic grocery bags that will no longer be allowed in your bi-weekly curbside recycling blue bags. A new program is being rolled out city-wide starting Monday, May 26 which will allow for the recycling of even more materials. — Photo courtesy City of Nelson

New rules around recycling come into play on Monday across the province, but it will be business as usual in Nelson and surrounding areas as local governments here are keeping existing systems largely in place.

As of Monday (May 19), the burden of dealing with recyclables in the province switches from a local government responsibility to the businesses that produce them – through a private company called Multi Material BC (MMBC) that will now deal with much of the recycling across the province.

LETTER: BC Wildlife Federation slams BC Hydro's management of Arrow Lakes fish populations

LETTER: BC Wildlife Federation slams BC Hydro's management of Arrow Lakes fish populations

The Kootenay region has endured a disproportionate amount of ecological damage due to numerous upper Columbia Basin hydro developments that have generated considerable economic benefits to the province, but also caused significant social and environmental damage to the region. The most recent dam at Revelstoke caused huge disruption and losses to fish and wildlife populations that were identified at public hearings in Revelstoke in 1978.

CL looks at successes, failures and future of its unique Eco-Machine

CL looks at successes, failures and future of its unique Eco-Machine

Area ‘C’ Director Grace McGregor recently welcomed Alternative Wastewater Consultant Scott Sargert to the Christina Lake Community Hall to speak about the Lake’s Living Machine, or Eco-Machine™, and how it works. Sargert was brought in to provide some much needed operations support for the Eco-Machine™, housed within the building behind the Welcome Centre.

New Trail float draws compliments and critique

Photos by Tayla Scott

Silver City Days hosted a variety of floats this year. Among them was the City of Trail's new float for the ambassadors of Trail.

This year's Miss Trail, Ella Meyer, stood at the top and the princesses sat on benches below. At their feet was a model of the Trail bridge and climbing up the truck was a model of the red Trail staircase.

Andrea Jolly, City of Trail Communications and Events Co-ordinator, said, “The float will represent Trail as it tours around the province for years to come.”

LETTER: Paranoia or due process

LETTER: Paranoia or due process

Talk about putting the cart before the horse. Fall 2013 the RDKB (Regional District of Kootenay Boundary) launches the Kettle Blah-Blah Plan. A few months later Grand Forks city council slams through a unanimous motion to install residential smart water metres. The citizenry clamours, an open-house is held and already by April 2014 a request for proposal to install the metres is put out to tender.

New candidate in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding

New candidate in the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding

Connie Denesiuk has announced her intention to seek the Federal Liberal nomination for the new South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding.

The new South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding brings together towns, cities and communities in an especially beautiful region of the province.  There are significant demographic, economic, historical and environmental differences in the communities that form this new riding.They also face some common challenges.

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